Batley and Mirfield schools buck national trend

Batley and Mirfield schools buck national trend

SCHOOLS in Mirfield and Batley bucked the national trend for a fall in top GCSE grades.

Castle Hall Academy, hit by problems over the marking of English courses last year, saw its results improve.

The number of youngsters who got five GSCEs at A* to C including maths and English has risen to 69 per cent.

Batley Grammar, back in the state sector as one of the Government’s flagship free schools, also improved. Their benchmark figure was 74.4 per cent including English and maths, up from 69 per cent last year.

Andy Pugh, principal of Castle Hall Academy in Mirfield, said: “Last year our results were affected by the grading issues in GCSE English.

“Initial results suggest that this raising of the bar has continued across a number of subjects this year.

“But I’m happy to say our 2013 results show an improvement. We send our congratulations to them all and wish them well for the future.”

Star performers at Batley Grammar included Rachel Bocking (9A*, 1A), Scarlett Allen (6A*, 4A) and Sophie Gulamhussein (5A* 5A).

Results in English and maths improved hugely, with nearly half of entrants in both subjects doing better than expected.

Headteacher Brigid Tullie said: “We’re particularly pleased to see a significant improvement in English and maths.

“These, as well as the raw results, are important measures of performance by which Ofsted judge us.

“We are delighted with the achievements of our students. The results overall reflect the hard work of staff, students and their families.”

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